Sunday, May 31, 2015

Vintage Buttons

I can't believe I almost forgot to blog today.  I've got 40 mins to think of something fun and wonderful to show you.  

My whole day has been spent knitting.  I'm edging my shawl, my second glove now has all its fingers and a thumb and I've been winding yarn for the colour work cuffs for the gloves.  This is all great for me, I almost have two finished projects but it doesn't give me any new pictures to show you.  So here is something completely different.

These are some of the buttons that were in my Grandma's button collection.

I picked out some of my favourites

Check out the "Canada" buttons.  I think I need to start my own collection.  They would be great to use for embellishing knitwear, if I could part with them!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

And the answer is 3

Three was the number of fingers I was able to knit tonight while I was watched some of the ball game and the end of the hockey game.  I was hoping for all five but that was probably unrealistic if I look at all the knitting breaks I took to find snacks and the time I spent on facebook, twitter and pintrest.  I'm happy with three.

Earlier in the evening I had posted this picture of my fingerless glove on facebook and wondered out loud how many fingers I could knit tonight.  I think it is good progress.

Mitts are great to knit but they are near as much fun as gloves!

Friday, May 29, 2015

A little knitting & a little cross stitch

This afternoon I knit a few more rows on my shawl and did some looking for intarsia patterns that are a close stitch count to use on the cuff of my gloves. I think I've found a diamond pattern that I like.

Tonight while watching the Blue Jays ball game I picked up some needlework. I didn't make any major mistakes in my cross stitch and the Blue Jays won tonight putting them on a one game winning streak. It was a good night!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

What a day.....

I had an appointment to have my broken ankle X-rayed this afternoon and had all good news (no surgery!!!) From there we went home to wait for a home care nurse to give me my scheduled injection (only one more of those left!!). Then my Mom had a spell and passed out not once but twice so off to the emergency room we went! I'm not tempting fate by picking up my knitting tonight. I hate to think what would happen with a knitting needle that would send us back to the ER. I'll just spend the rest of the evening reading about intarsia knitting and thinking about these socks. I'll knit tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I can't stop knitting....just a couple more repeats

I measured my shawl today -102" long. The pattern suggests 128" but it fits nice, a little short but I know how garter st likes to grow. I really like knitting this pattern so maybe just a couple more lace repeats 😃

Monday, May 25, 2015

Fwd: Modified Swatching

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From: Louise <>
Date: May 25, 2015 at 10:38:47 PM EDT
To: Wildflowerwool Blog <>
Subject: Modified Swatching



I'm going to be starting a new knitting project in the next day or two if I can pull myself away from my glove knitting (I'm at the fingers now!)

As all Knitters know, and I'm going to pretend that all Knitters, or at least all my students 😀 do a gauge swatch of some sort before jumping head first into a project. These are my two swatches. I don't need to worry about this fitting or being a certain wide or length so the actual number of stitches per inch isn't crucial. What I'm checking for is the needle size and the fabric that it makes. That's what is important here (and should be for all projects) is my 2mm making a loose or tight knit, do I needle to switch to a smaller needle to get the look I'm happy with.

I love it when yarn companies take the time to name their yarns. The top swatch is a Pearl cotton named Tuttie Fruiti and I'm happy with the result. A 2mm needle it is.

The bottom .89 cent ball of crochet cotton (it's been around a while) is also knit on the 2mm needle. I'm not sure if they have named this yarn "15 shaded pinks" but I'm going to pretend its name is just Shades of Pink. It is a thinner yarn so it's not a big surprise that I think the resulting knitting is too loose so I'll go down a needle size to tighten the stitches. A little more swatching tomorrow then it'll be time to cast on.

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Modified Swatching

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Back to Glove Knitting!

I picked up my glove knitting and it felt so good to be working on them again.  Glove number 2 is at the thumb gusset increases.  It won't be long until I'm knitting the fingers then the fun will begin-the cuffs!  I'm super excited to knit the cuffs with an intarsia pattern in the round using a new-to-me technique from the book AnneTarsia Knits.

Has anyone else used Anne Berk's method for knitting intarsia in the the round?

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Magic of Blocking....Take a Look!

It doesn't matter how many times I block lace I'm always amazed with the transformation!

I managed to make my way through the crochet edging last night.  Don't look too closely at it, it's not perfect but it was good practice and I'm keeping this for me so I'm not worried about a few odd stitches.  The next one will be better.

First thing this morning I gave the doily a bath in some Soak wool washing soap, let it sit for 15 mins or so, 

gave it a rinse because I got carried away with the amount of Soak that I used :), wrapped it in a towel to soak up some of the excess water, 

then pinned it out on my blocking board starting with 9 main points,

Then I went back and pinned out every chain and left it to dry for the day.

pinning half done

  Here it is, finished, blocked, dried and unpinned.

Blocking really is magic isn't it?  

before blocking
after blocking

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Tale of a Crochet Edging

I thought I could whip up this crocheted edging in no time at all but boy was I wrong!   I've decided that working the edging is equivalent to sewing a sweater together or kitchener stitching your socks; it's the unfun part of knitting.  

What I'd like to know is why the edging is crocheted and not knitted.  It just doesn't seem right to finished a knitting project with crochet plus I'm most definitely a knitter not a crocheter; that's why I'm knitting the doily in the first place and not crocheting it.   But I do have to admit that with each of the chains I am getting faster and I'll never complain about the length of time it takes to do a knitted picot cast off again because it is speedy compared to this crocheting!  

You made 10 chains,

then you slip 3 stitches off your needle and pull the working yarn through all the loops.

At least that's what I think the pattern wants me to do.  Crochet patterns are like a foreign language to me and this is how I've deciphered it.  I seem to have an edging that looks like the picture and nothing is unravelling so I guess I'm on the right track.

The next step is blocking, I'm going to have to find a lot of pins for each of these points!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A Really Good Knitting Day

Today was a great knitting day.  I had the whole day to rest my ankle and knit.  (Just to be clear I don't advocate breaking any bones to get more knitting time.  It's totally not worth it!)
But I did manage to get all the knitting done on the doily that I've been working on.  The next step is to dig out a 2mm crochet hook and attempt the edging then of course it needs to be washed and blocked.

I spent a bit of time this afternoon taking a break from knitting to work on some cross stitch.  I saw this cute heart pattern on Pintrest and thought I would give it a try.  This was a new stitch for me, it's a double cross stitch and it was also the first time I had tried stitching on fabric and not adia cloth.

It was so much fun and I'm really happy with how it turned out.  I can't wait to try something else tomorrow!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A little knitting, lots of organizing

Today was kind of a slow knitting day.  I've been working on and off on my knit doily all day but only managed to get 4 rounds done so far. I'm on the outer border which isn't very lacy but it still seems to take a while to knit a round but I'm getting there I think there are only about 12 rounds left to go.

Most of my day was spent organizing knitting patterns.   It really cut into my knitting time but I'm feeling a bit more organized now and I found lots of patterns that I want to knit.  My pattern stash rivals my yarn stash!

I also found this knitting book by Mary Walker Philips that I didn't know I had.  I like looking through these old books because you just never know what you are going to find.  

Sometimes there are amazing patterns that you would still want to knit today (at least I would).

And then there are some that you wouldn't

The circular needle caught my eye in this picture.   Doesn't it look like it would be horrible to knit with and isn't the one needle is bent?   It looks like someone sat on it!  This makes me so thankful for the wonderful circular needles we have to knit with now.

This picture made me laugh, so I just had to share it with you.  I love the sunglasses :)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Lazy Daisy Stitch Embellishing

They are finished!  When a Knitter has a whole day to play this is what you end up with; some extra padding for my crutches embellished with some simple embroidery.

I finished knitting the second cover today and then spent some time reading a needlework book and checking out YouTube how to videos for the chain stitch, lazy daisy stitch and the french knot.

 My stitching most definitely improved with each flower and they were so fun to do!  This is the beginning of a new embroidery obsession!  I can't wait to learn more stitches and see how my stitching improves with each project because I have a lot of room for improvement!!

Here is the finished product.  Much prettier and much more comfortable.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Crutch Covers in Progress

I spent a bit of time last night winding mini skeins into balls so I would be ready to knit today.  They look kind of pretty just sitting on the coffee table don't they?  

One of my Knitting friends came over for a visit this afternoon with her daughters.  The girls picked me some flowers from their Mom's garden :)

I've spent the evening watching TV (has anyone else been following The Voice?) and I started my crutch covers.  Nothing fancy just garter stitch.  I'm playing around with the idea of adding some embroidery embellishing as well.  My embroidery always looks better in my mind then the finished project does so we will see how it goes!  Check back tomorrow for the finished product.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

A Project and a Challenge

I have had this bag of odds and ends in the trunk of my car for months, probably since the fall and today was the day I decided that I had the perfect project for these small, colourful part balls of acrylic yarn.

Since I won't be going anywhere without these crutches for the next 4-6 weeks or until my ankle heals enough that I can walk on it again I need make some modifications. I don't know what the proper name is for the top plastic padding on the crutches but I can tell you that it isn't very comfortable!

A very smart thinking Knitter commented on Wildflower Wool's facebook page that I should yarn bomb my cast.   Sounds like a great idea doesn't it?!   It also got me thinking about my crutches.  It got me thinking about adding some colour and some extra padding.  These are the colours I picked; I think they fit the bill for bright and cheery.  So tonight I'm going to wind the skeins into balls and start knitting!

I'm trying to look at the positive side to wearing this fancy airboot and using crutches and not being able to drive for weeks and the fact that it takes me about 15 mins round trip to the bathroom and back because it is up stairs and going to get a kleenex that is just across the room is a major production.  Sometimes it's hard to see the good not the difficulties.

But the good things are that I didn't break my wrist so that means that I have all the time in the world to knit, maybe crochet, dust off my tatting, experiment with embroidery and needlepoint, try spinning using my left leg (which I can tell you now will be a disaster I'm sure!)  and watch Craftsy classes to my hearts content.  

This leads me to my challenge.  I've decided to blog everyday for 30 days.  Lately I've been blogging about once a week so I really don't know what I'm going to share with you once a day!  Be prepared, this is going to test my creativity!  See you tomorrow :)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Day

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and all the Mothers enjoyed their special day!

I had a great weekend - saw my kids, saw the rest of my family at a barbeque at my brother and Sister in law's house, enjoyed the beautiful weather and of course did lots of knitting.

My SIL, Mom and Me on Mother's Day

This book arrived in the mail just before the weekend so I'm calling it my Mother's Day gift to me :)  I can't wait to give Anne's in-the-round intarsia technique a try.  I've been listening to her intarsia class on Craftsy and I love her teaching style.  I'm really looking forward to reading her book!!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The first Saturday in May - The Kentucky Derby and Knitting

If there are any other horse lovers out there you were probably watching the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby with me yesterday afternoon.  

It got me to thinking about my own horse riding days and a trip that we took to Kentucky 20 years ago when we were lucky enough to stop at Churchill Downs and wander around the track - I stood on the track!! the stable area and the museum.  It wasn't a race day so it was very quiet compared to the 170,000 people there yesterday!  I pulled out my pictures from that day and boy have times changed.  This was back in the days when cameras had film in them and I took a grand total of 6 pictures!! I'm sure if I had been there yesterday I would have easily taken 100 or more!

While I was watching the coverage of the race I knit on my Swedish shawl and here is my progress to date. Up to 52" long, almost half way there.

Here are two pictures I took at Churchill Downs race track

the race track - did I mention that I stood on the track!

the stands

and here is American Pharoah crossing the finish line yesterday.  Will this be the year for a triple crown winner?  We'll find out if there is a chance if he wins the Preakness Stakes in 2 weeks.